Saint Paul Public Library Reveals Most Popular Books and Media in 2016

Date: Jan 4th, 2017

Anthony Doerr and Ta-Nehisi Coates top fiction and nonfiction lists, while in music, patrons pay tribute to Prince 

SAINT PAUL, MN — The New Year is upon us, but Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) took a look back at the top books, music and media consumed by patrons in 2016. SPPL created a 2016 guide, detailing the most popular items across its 14 branches and online.

Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “All the Light We Cannot See” topped the fiction list, followed by thrillers: “Extreme Prey” by John Sanford and “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. The latter was also among the top two most popular E-books and E-audiobooks.

“Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic, came in first on the nonfiction list. Nonfiction readers were also captivated by “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi and “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo.

Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Rachel Renée Russell’s “Dork Diaries” series dominated the juvenile books list.

Viewers traveled to space with “The Martian” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — the most popular DVDs. Meanwhile, music lovers clamored for Adele’s “25” and “Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording,” yet also paid tribute to Prince. Seven of the late singer’s albums made the list, including: “1999,” “Dirty Mind,” and “Purple Rain.”

For complete lists visit SPPL’s 2016 Most Popular Items Guide.